Asbestos is a mineral, naturally occurring in a chainlike crystalline structure and it is usually found mixed into other minerals. Numerous products such as insulation material, automotive brakes or wallboard once contained the mineral. In the 1970's, however, the federal government suspended the production of most asbestos products.
Asbestosis is known as a scarring of the lungs that can lead to breathing problems as well as heart failure after exposure to asbestos. The greater the exposure, the greater the risk of developing this asbestos-related disease. Symptoms include increased breathlessness, coughing and a feeling of tightness in the chest. After a certain period of time, someone exposed to asbestos may experience damages to the lung, resulting in respiratory (breathing) failure. Because the oxygen supply to the body is now insufficient the individual will be constantly out of breath and have a blue-tinged skin even when at rest. Once this stage has been reached, recovery is impossible and death inevitable.
Asbestos can also cause a rare cancer of the chest and abdomen linings, called Mesothelioma. The timeframe between exposure and the first signs might be as much as 30 years.
If you, or anybody you know has been exposed to asbestos or suffers asbestos exposure related injuries, call one of our personal injury attorneys at 716-636-7600 today for a free consultation.